Food & Thought fitnationmag September 29, 2015 1310 A Naples staple since 2004, Food & Thought is known for offering only the highest-quality organic produce and groceries, fresh juices, real milkshakes, coffee, handmade baked goods, herbal supplements, sustainable beauty products and clothing, linens, and flora (all GMO- and pesticide-free, mind you). Produce such as lettuce, kale, spinach, beets, broccoli, heirloom tomatoes, cauliflower, and green beans, as well as tantalizing Chandler strawberries, are grown on their own organic farm in eastern Collier County. A testament to thoughtful sustainability, Oakes Farm focuses on growing in-season produce by utilizing crop rotation, as well as using their own organic vermiculture fertilizer. As the head of the family business Alfie Oakes explains, “We refuse to use any conventional methods, and we passionately seek to educate others on the dangers of conventionally grown produce.” This philosophy extends throughout the store as the friendly, well-informed staff often share their extensive knowledge about supplements, makeup, organic wines and beers, clothing, jewelry, and linens with customers. In 2011, Food & Thought expanded to include Thoughtful Threads, offering a selection of organic clothing, sustainable home goods, jewelry, watches, swimwear, and accessories, all made without harming the earth. Products from well known and respected outdoor and green living companies such as Patagonia, Horny Toad, Go Gently Baby, and Coyuchi share shelf space with items crafted by local artisans. It’s clear that in their 11th year in business, Food & Thought stands for “something more.” This is further evidenced by the close-knit community of staff and customers who welcome travelers from all walks of life. The “friends as family” approach was instilled in Food & Thought through family tradition; Grandpa Oakes ran a farm stand that eventually led his son, Frank Oakes, to develop organic Oakes Farm and Food & Thought. A generation later, Frank’s son Alfie has made his name in the wholesale side of the business; he took over when Frank passed away in 2013 and remains dedicated to his family’s legacy. In fact, Alfie plans to add farm field trips to the mix this year, allowing children to have a true farm experience: pulling carrots, cutting kale, and relaxing in a tree house while a chef cooks up a true farm-to-table meal. Whether attending an event, shopping, or relaxing in the natural beauty of the courtyard, locals will find much at Food & Thought to nourish not only their bodies, but their minds and spirits as well. For store hours, menu, and specials, visit FoodandThought.com or call (239) 213-2222. Food & Thought 2132 Tamiami Trail N, Naples, FL 34102.